wouldn't this also be significantly about desktops ?
it seems the grandparent was talking about local disks only, even though article explicitly
mentions other use cases like nfs over gprs :) ).
desktops tend to have all kinds of relatively slow things connected to them - usb drives,
cameras, portable players, all kinds of slow network stuff...
if i understood the idea correctly, these could theoretically block/limit local hdd, which
would otherwise be the fastest device in an average desktop.